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True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.7
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269 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen Arlington is now reopen with dine-in service. As we carefully and conservatively re-open our restaurant, we continue to honor our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and staff. Our dining room and patio will look different as we’ve made critical adjustments to accommodate for social distancing, enhanced standards and safety measures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 269 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
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4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeremyM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food great location great outdoor seating!

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KennyARL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I like the quality of the food and there are definitely more healthy options than most restaurants. Great service, great food, and great ambiance.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Kenny! Hope to have you back in soon!

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm always please with the food, and I appreciate now more than ever that they have outdoor seating available.

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Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for the stars Natalie!!

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Hungryforks
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Most food items either lacked flavor or were not the correct balance of ingredients. The food is very expensive for the taste, and same for the drinks. One was so bad that it was barely touched even though it was $15. I spent $180 for 4 people, and we would have enjoyed an average national chain a lot more. Gave this place 2 chances spaced 6+ months apart. The bright spots are the ambiance and the service, so come full and order the watermelon mojito or a beer. If you have to eat here, get a pizza. They do a decent job at that.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 28 July 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us, while we love that you enjoyed our ambiance and service, I am sorry we have missed the mark on the food, We are always wanting to improve and with reviews, it gives that opportunity. We hope to have you back in soon for another go, you can reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you again for your time Anne

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MKF1000
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Our food at True Food was amazing as always. Our service, however, was not. The waitress we had was not at all friendly. We had to ask for water and she seemed annoyed by that. We were all wondering why she chose this career. Maybe she should reconsider. In the past, we have had fantastic service at True Food. We will be back, just hopefully with a different waitress!

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Lovefoodanddrink
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food and drinks were creative and flavorful- trying a bit too hard to be trendy, but delivered on quality ingredients, presentation, and taste.

The alcoholic drinks were fresh and portions about right for the price point. We had the edamame dumplings which came in a light broth and a nice hint of truffle. One guest had the teriyaki bowl (exactly as described with robust vegetables), one had the Glass noodle bowl (much more spice than expected, but also more shrimp than expected), and the turkey wrap (the star in this dish was the hummus- who would have guessed?). Overall, all satisfying dishes that generated enough credibility to make the group want to return to try a few more.

Dining during COVID-19 is a unique experience and although I thought the restaurant did a good job creating a safe and comfortable experience, I did wait nearly 15 minutes for our waitress to come by so we could order drinks while we watched the staff congregate and chat at the bar... even so, the orders came our quickly, so the kitchen/bar teams were churning out orders. Also, when the waitress gave her standard greeting and asked if we had dined there before we said "no" she chimed "Welcome back!" It was so conspicuous that we listened when she did the EXACT same thing to the table next to us... clearly not listening to the response from the guests. She was nice enough, but also very slow (I noticed she had friends dining at the restaurant, so she spent most of her time tending to them- oh well!).

Bottom line- I would return to try a few more menu items and give another server a chance to prove that our experience was an outlier.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience, we are always wanting to improve to better serve our guests, and we hope to have you back in soon!

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KgomotsoS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and drinks! Always a plus to see hand sanitizer on the tables and every employee masked up! I will definitely be back!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 22 July 2020

thank you!

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vipCoBrA2168
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Very clean, tons of hand sanitizer, and distancing enforced (for COVID). Highly recommended and will be back very soon!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 18 July 2020

THANK YOU!!! We appreciate you dining with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great healthy food choices and specialty cocktails. The watermelon mojito was a perfect pairing with the Jackfruit wraps.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 17 July 2020

thank you!!

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Ayona
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A chill restaurant with great food; highly recommend.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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LFMD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff did a great job with social distancing, etc.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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PemaLungta
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a great find! I loved the Vegan Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and I am not a vegan.
The music was too loud, but I find all restaurant music to be too loud.
Beautiful dining space and good social distancing practices. I found my new favorite restaurant.
PS Prices are reasonable and not inflated as many restaurants do in order to be pretentious.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for your review, we are so happy you found a new favorite! WE hope to have you back in soon!

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Alexa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I enjoyed the menu and style of True Food, but I found the restaurant a little noisy and the service a little lackluster. That said, I would still return, but probably during "off" hours.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you Alexa, for taking the time to review us. We are always wanting to improve, We hope to have you back in soon!

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Bunny
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

My friend's meal was incorrect the first time it came out, steak instead of salmon. It took at least 10 minutes for the corrected meal, with no compensation for the delay.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you, Bunny for your review and feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope to have you back in soon, we would love the opportunity to serve you again.

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ThomasD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 1st visit to True Food, cool place, I’ll will go again!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience2

The table had a sanitized sign on it but it was clearly not clean - very uncomfortable dine in experience given the current environment

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sandym
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, and healthy. Ate out on the patio. Felt "safe" and the server emphasized the "safety." Great experience.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For it not to have had many people in the restaurant, our waitress was kind of invisible even though she was very pleasant whenever she was present, and accommodating. If you like lemonade, order the peach tea as the flavor of peach is practically non-existent. As my stomach is very sensitive to acidic drinks like lemonade, I couldn't drink it and had to ask for a replacement, which turned out to be ice cold and very refreshing watermelon juice. (assuming it was fresh)
The two diminutive beef tacos were very good (meat used was top shelf as were ingredients) but the accompanying salad, also diminutive, was tasteless. For $19.00 plus tax and tip, I guess that's what you get nowadays.
This is my second visit and I still think the prices are a bit over the top for what you are served. Will I return? Yes, probably.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for joining us at True Food Kitchen, we appreciate your feedback and will ensure more present service, we hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great healthy dishes!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 8 July 2020

THANK YOU FOR THE STARS!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time experience at True Kitchen during "RONA" season. The restaurant staff was completely great and made me feel safe during these strange times. The food was amazing and I will definitely come back again.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 July 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so happy you had a great time with us

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RayL
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best place in the area for vegan options!!! The food is always the best with vibrant colors and taste.
Not to mention for healthy people to eat tasty food and great drink options!
The staff roll out the red carpet for whom ever comes to the door and make every person feel welcome!
We always recommend this place!
How can I get a True Food closer to my house???

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 30 June 2020

Thank you Ray! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food was great with Covid-19! They were extremely clean and sanitary. Hostesses were very clear with customers that they needed a mask to enter the restaurant without delay. Every other table was emptied with hand sanitizer and a note stating that the table was empty to social distance. In addition the hostess asked if a table they were going to seat us at was too close to the larger party. There were makers on tables that indicated the table was sanitized. Finally, they had a QR code to pay the bill so there was no exchange of money or credit cards. All in all it was so nice to be out and have a great meal at a restaurant that was serious about keeping their stakeholders healthy and safe.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 30 June 2020

Thank you so much for your review and kind words, we hope to have you back in soon!

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vipworld14
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space and attention to details re. distancing. Food was healthy and delicious and wine options great.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 27 June 2020

Thank you for joining us, hope to have you back in soon!

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LunchGourmet
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food that is healthy. Love the ancient grain bowl with salmon. Large serving with plenty of leftovers. Great sidewalk dining with umbrellas and distance from street.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 24 June 2020

Thank you, Lunch Gourmet!

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KathyS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the fresh, healthy selections. It's a little high priced for going regularly for us, but we've been there three times and have loved every visit and every food choice! Friendly managers and staff too!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 24 March 2020

Thank you Kathy!

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TeenaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very nice. The food was great. We had to wait a bit for our lattes and the manager gave them to us for free. We will definitely come back.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 16 March 2020

Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Friendly hostesses and waiters/waitresses. Clean food that is flavorful and filling. Love they provide plenty of Vegan options. Got the Butternut Squash Pizza and it was vegan and amazing!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 16 March 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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RobbieM
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and inexpensive, our widow table pleasant, and the waiter attentive. The seating is perhaps a little close. The person at the next table was able to overhear what I said to my friend and comment. She was being helpful, responding to a question I had asked about a particular ingredient but still...it made me wonder how much of our conversation could be heard. We were not speaking loudly. I will come to True Food Kitchen again, but go elsewhere if I want to have a private conversation.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 16 March 2020

Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unique and delicious food, warm and friendly staff, and a fun environment.

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PaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great, healthy options. Great drink options as well. Staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend.

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vipFineDiner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

First, I requested specific seating which was available and they tried to seat me in an area where I requested not to be seated. It was a birthday celebration and at no time was that acknowledged by the host or the waiter. The waiter was very inattentive. He came to ask about the food when we were practically done eating. He brought my tea- no spoon, no sugar or anything. The service was bad. The concept of the food is better than the actual taste.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you for feedback on your most recent dining experience with us, this is not our standard and we apologize that we missed the mark on our hospitality You may reach out to me at your convenience as we would love the opportunity to win you back as a our guest 703-527-0930 Thank you Anne

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vipNeilE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The pizza and edamame dumplings were great!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 March 2020

Thank you Neil!

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Jenna
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very accommodating. Highly reccomend this restaurant for healthy eating!

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vipNeilE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good. The acoustics, however, tend to make the place very loud.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 3 March 2020

HI Neil, thank you for the review, we appreciate the feedback! And hope to have you back in soon!

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eric
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thrilled to have this new restaurant in our neighborhood.
the food is great. service is wonderful and friendly.
thank you.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 3 March 2020

So great to hear Eric! hope to have you back in soon!

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vipDEjay
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time dining here. Really good food and great service.

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vipOCfoodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve gone to multiple locations of True Food and found this location had oversalted their food and the preparation was not the same quality. The service was also very slow and ultimately canceled my dessert because I watched my server take my order and get distracted taking orders from three other tables. I’m typically a fan of this restaurant but was disappointed I “broke” my rule of going to a chain restaurant when traveling. Doubtful I will do that again after this experience....

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thank you, oC foodie, for your feedback, I am so sorry we missed the mark on your service and food experience. We value great hospitality and I apologize that this didn't happen on your most recent visit. We would love the opportunity to win you back either for our location or another You may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you for time Anne

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vipDeniseH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both tried something new and they dishes were delicious. We did have some trouble hearing our waitress - it wasn't that it was too noisy - the acoustics were odd.

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CarolineC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yummy food. Very fresh. Did take a long time to come out...was told because a lot of takeout orders.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food wasn’t great and no kid friendly options

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thank you for providing us feedback on your most recent visit, we want everyone to leave happy when dining with us, and we are sorry we missed the mark on your experience you may reach out to us if you wish yo share any further feedback 703-5270930 Thank you for your time Anne

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True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 527-0930.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter is rated 4.7 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

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